The Horta Museum in Brussels, Belgium was once the home of the architect Victor Horta. Horta is considered the father of the Art Nouveau style of architecture, and his house is a fantastic example of this style. He built the house for his own use and lived there from 1901 to 1919. The interior designs are original, including the mosaics, stained glass windows, furniture, and wall paintings. The museum also has a collection of furniture designed by Victor Horta as well as old photographs, scale models of some of his other buildings, casts and plans explaining his work.
The museum consists of two buildings, Horta's house and his studio. He favored warm woods and wrought iron, and a tour through his home will reveal many interesting characteristics. Look for the shapes inspired by nature and art from Celtic and Asian cultures. Pay attention to the chairs, tables, lamps, door handles, banisters, and candelabras. Windows, including a stained glass skylight, let in lots of sunlight which accents the designs and gives the house a natural glow. The unique artistic details of Horta's home are everywhere.
The Horta Museum is located at 25, rue Américaine. Opening hours for individual visits are from 2 to 5:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is 8 euros. Photography is not allowed.